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DIY Magnetic Organizer

Make your very own magnetic organizer. You can use it to organize all sorts of small items, beauty products, and more!

diy magnetic organizer

If you’re constantly misplacing things—keys, spare change, your makeup—then you know how hard it can be to keep track of them. Sure, you can dump the contents of your pocket into a bowl and call it a day.

Or, you can check out this super cool DIY magnet organizer. It’s mountable, which means you can actually see what’s in there rather than digging and pawing through a messy bowl.

keys on magnetic organizer

Doesn’t it look clutter-free and organized? You can have this organizer, too, and you can make it right at home with just a few easy-to-find materials.

Let’s get started!

keys on magnetic organizer

Supplies for the Organizer

Here’s a list of everything you could possibly need to complete this DIY magnetic organizer:

  • Stainless steel baking tray or metal cookie tray
  • Scissors
  • Decorative paper (thin)
  • Magnets
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mod podge
  • Painting brush
craft supplies

How to Make a Magnetic Organizer

As you can see, you really don’t need much to make this DIY magnetic organizer. What you do need, however, is a good quality stainless steel serving tray or baking tray.

If you’ve got one with stainless-steel handles, then that should do the trick!

Step 1

Measure the length, height, and width of the tray using a ruler or measuring tape.

measuring tray

Step 2

Using the measurements you just took, draw an outline on your decorative paper of choice.

cutting out patterned paper

Step 3

Next, cut out the appropriate dimensions out of your decorative paper.

cutting decorative paper for tray

Step 4

When you have cut out your paper, place it on the surface of the tray to check if it sits well. The edges and the corners may need to be trimmed to accommodate the tray’s dimensions.

decorative paper on tray

Step 5

With a flathead brush, apply a layer of craft glue or Modge Podge over the stainless-steel tray. Make certain to coat the entire surface, and be extra careful around the corners.

putting modge podge on tray

Step 6

Gently place the decorative paper over the tray and stick it in place. You can use a piece of cloth to smoothen out any crinkles that may appear.

flattening out paper

Step 7

Once you are happy with the way the paper has been attached, let it dry a while before applying yet another layer of Modge podge over the paper.

Don’t apply more than the bare minimum amount of mod podge, lest the paper turns soggy.

spreading modge podge on paper

Allow it to completely dry.

glued paper on tray

Step 8

If you’re using your magnet tray to organize your makeup, as this particular project calls for, go ahead and pick out all the cosmetics you wish to organize.

bag of makeup and accessories
magnetic tray
tray surrounded by makeup brushes

Step 9

Grab your hot glue gun and apply a dollop of hot glue to the back of your cosmetics—compact, mascara, rouge, etc.

glueing back of makeup

Step 10

Next, attach the little magnetic button, and stick it on the back of these cosmetics. Go ahead and hot glue your entire lot, and proceed to stick magnets onto each product.

glueing magnets to back of makeup

Step 11

That’s pretty much it, to be honest. Just place the magnets onto the tray and enjoy that little click! You hear as it clips onto the tray, attracted by the metal.

placing items on tray
makeup on magnetic tray

Doesn’t it look absolutely stunning? And clutter-free, too!

magnetic organizer with makeup accessories

Just hang the tray on the wall, or have it mounted and used as a desk stand. For more inspiration on organizing cosmetics, check out these 13 genius beauty product organization ideas!

magnetic tray on wall with keys

Other Organization Ideas

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Yield: an organizer

DIY Magnetic Organizer

diy magnetic organizer

Make your very own magnetic organizer! It will give you a chance to organize your makeup products and more! An easy project for anyone!

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Stainless steel baking tray or metal cookie tray
  • Decorative paper (thin)
  • Magnets
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mod podge


  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painting brush


  1. Prepare your work area and gather your supplies.
  2. Measure the dimensions of your stainless-steel tray.
  3. Cut out your decorative paper as per those measurements.
  4. Coat an adequate amount of mod podge over the tray using a flathead paintbrush.
  5. Carefully stick the paper over the mod podge and smoothen out any wrinkles. Allow it to dry.
  6. Apply another layer of Mod podge over the paper to set it.
  7. Next, go ahead and grab your cosmetics.
  8. Use your hot glue gun to add a blob of glue to the back of your makeup container.
  9. Firmly press the magnetic pellets in and hold them down until you’ve secured them to the back of your cosmetics.
  10. Now all that’s left to do is tag the magnet onto the tray, and you’ve successfully completed this DIY project!
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